Sitting in eighth place and eight points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal, not many will be tipping Manchester United to retain their crown.
However the Red Devils are by no means out of the race and in-fact have a great chance of being crowned champions come May.
Despite their early season troubles, David Moyes' side are just three points behind Chelsea in second place - a quite remarkable statistic if you consider the criticism the side have come in for so far this season.
And with 28 games remaining, United will surely feel they can secure enough points to overtake the Gunners. The Red Devils strolled to the league title last season and ended 16 points ahead of their rivals from north London and, this Sunday, United have a huge chance to cut the gap to five points.
Moyes will take on Arsene Wenger knowing that a win will really put his side back in the race for the championship. And, if United do come out with a win against Arsenal, then they will only be heading in one direction, to the top.
For one, Moyes would have finally beaten a major rival as boss of United in the Premier League and this will give added confidence to his side.
United and Moyes were always going to take time to discover one another. The Red Devils may have struggled in the early stages, but now they have come through that, they can prove their class once again.
The United boss has world class talents at his disposal. If Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney start to click together (just like they did for 15 minutes or so against Fulham) then the champions will prove unstoppable.
With Adnan Januzaj having entered the scene at the Theatre of Dreams and David de Gea starting to prove that he's one of the world's best, United are getting back on track.
Yes, there is a problem in midfield, but that has been a problem area for years, and that hasn't stopped the success.
Marouane Fellaini, who has come in for major criticism since arriving at Old Trafford, can still prove his worth at the champions, but needs time.
United have faced tricky matches already. After their clash with Arsenal this Sunday, they would have already faced all of their main title rivals, except Tottenham.
Additionally, Manchester United always improve after Christmas, and funnily enough so does David Moyes' sides of the past.
The United boss has the power to spend in January too and he can get the Red Devils roaring as the season develops.
He has a squad of title winners and will be quietly confident that he can still lead his side to a 21st league title.
It would be foolish to write the Red Devils off before the season enters crunch time and the United stars may just turn up the pressure volume on their rivals over the coming months - it will be up to their opponents to react.
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